Oct. 28: Health department updates social gathering restrictions to 10 individuals or fewer

Dear Spartan community,  

Ingham County Health Department Officer Linda Vail today updated the health department’s emergency order regarding outdoor gatherings, placing additional restrictions on gathering sizes in parts of East Lansing to no more than 10 individuals. The new restrictions go into effect immediately and remain in effect indefinitely. The East Lansing Police Department has indicated it intends to start enforcing this emergency order starting today.  

The restricted area stretches from the northern edge of campus to Burcham Drive and is bounded by Harrison Road to the west and Hagadorn Road to the east, including properties adjacent to those streets. It’s important to remember that indoor gathering restrictions remain in place, which are limited to 10 individuals or fewer, consistent with previous county and state health department orders.  

While the majority of you are complying with local orders and ordinances and abiding by MSU’s Community Compact, there are some within our community who are not. It is up to us all to continue encouraging one another to protect not only ourselves, but also our fellow Spartans and greater East Lansing community.  

Please know our top priority is your health and safety, and the health and safety of our broader community. That is why MSU will continue to hold individuals accountable who disregard these preventative measures at the expense of the well-being of others, using our existing student conduct systems.  

Together, we can get through this. Wear your mask. Maintain appropriate physical distance. Wash your hands. Avoid large gatherings. Get tested. Above all, be a Spartan — a Spartan that shows our community and our state how we can and will take care of one another.  


Dr. David Weismantel 
University Physician